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dangle (something) before (someone)

To try to entice someone with something. Dad dangled a few twenties before us, but we told him he'd have to pay more to get us to clean out the whole garage.
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dangle (something) in front of (one)

To try to entice one with something. Dad dangled a few twenties in front of us, but we told him he'd have to pay more to get us to clean out the whole garage.
See also: dangle, front, of

dangle a carrot in front of (one)

To try to entice one with the promise of a reward. Dad's going to have to dangle a carrot in front of us if he wants us to clean out the whole garage.
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dangle from (something)

To hang loosely from something, as if likely to fall. Can you secure that picture before it falls? It's just dangling from the nail.
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vulgar slang A penis. I don't want to see your dingle-dangle—pull up your pants!
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dangle from something

to hang from something. A number of colorful glass balls dangled from the branches of the tree. Some loose threads dangled from the bottom of his jacket.
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dangle something before someone

 and dangle something in front of someone 
1. Lit. to tempt someone by dangling a tempting object in front of them. Don't dangle that string of pearls infront of me unless you intend to give them to me!
2. Fig. to lure someone with something. He dangled the keys before Wally, hoping to get him to drive. He dangled the money in front of Eric, hoping to make him change his mind.
See also: before, dangle

dangle something from something

to hang something loosely from something else. She dangled a few small bells from the bottom of her skirt during the holidays. I dangled a bit of fish from the window so I could see how high the cat would jump.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

dangle a carrot in front of someone


offer someone a carrot

COMMON If you dangle a carrot in front of someone or offer them a carrot, you try to persuade them to do something by offering them a reward. The team have dangled a $17 million carrot in front of the Italian to remain in North America. He is to offer the public a new carrot by reducing petrol prices. Note: The words carrot, dangle and offer are used in other structures and expressions with a similar meaning. Tax cuts may be offered as a carrot to voters ahead of the next election. The money's dangling there like a huge carrot, and you want to grab it. Note: The image here is of someone encouraging a donkey to move forward by holding a carrot in front of it.
See also: carrot, dangle, front, of, someone
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012


n. the penis. (Usually objectionable.) Come on, Billy. Shake your dingle and put it away.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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As he offers me a cup of coffee in an official Troubletown mug ("Kills anthrax on contact!" it proclaims), Dangle tells me his style is to "stay close to what's true, but push it to make it funny." He'll take nuggets of fact--the closed-door deliberations and unchecked power of the World Trade Organization, for example--and explore the absurdities.
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So even though Richard pictured, thinks he's breaking new ground here, as he dangles a bucket off a helicopter, he was beaten to the punch by Operation Cloud Lab back in the summer.
It's that little grammatical error called a "dangler." You may remember an English teacher calling them "dangling participles." If you begin a sentence with a descriptive phrase, it's supposed to describe the subject of the part that follows--otherwise it "dangles." Usually, in fact, it does something hilarious.
The anglerfish dangles a bioluminescent lure near its tail to lure predators.
This steamy little island dangles like an afterthought from the tip of Florida--isolated, alluring, and fiercely independent.